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by mil / December 15, 2005 4:28 AM PST

This may sound like a dumb question (and it probably is)...but I wonder if it is posible to combine a free AVG firewall with an already paid for Norton anti virus program. I keep getting a notification that I do not have firewall protection.....could I download free AVG (or other) firewall although I have Norton, but without firewall??
Thanks....Mil

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First..
by jackintucson / December 15, 2005 4:40 AM PST
In reply to: Firewall

AVG is not a firewall program, it's an anti-virus program.

Second: You cannot have two anti-virus programs running at the same time.

Third: The message from Norton means you do not have their firewall, disregard it.

Fourth: Download Zone Lab's free firewall - ZoneAlarm

Fifth: If you are using XP SP2, disable the XP firewall.

Summary: You can only run one anti-virus and one firewall at a time. You can, however, use a third-party virus scanner. I recommend EWIDO, but the majors will do.

and life goes on...

Jack

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Combining the competitors...
by John.Wilkinson / December 15, 2005 4:50 AM PST
In reply to: Firewall

You certainly can combine a firewall and antivirus application from different companies, and neither will suffer for periods of no protection because of it. However, those such as Norton will continue to report you have no compliment (firewall or AV) installed as they are only designed to detect certain ones (usually their own). Some call it a scare tactic, as it helps convince people to purchase additional software so that the software stops saying their's unprotected.

However, you cannot (for the most part) have two firewalls or two antivirus programs installed/running at the same time. Some will detect another at the time of installation and stop dead, while others will conflict with eachother causing problems (and security issues) down the road. Thus, it's best to stick with one of each.

As far as AVG and Norton go, there might be a problem. To my knowledge, AVG does not offer a standalone firewall...it's an AV/Firewall combo. In that case you'd have to uninstall Norton before installing AVG. (Cannot have two of the same installed at the same time.) Since you have antivirus protection installed, I'd suggest ZoneAlarm as a good free firewall to pair up with it.

Finally, don't forget about antispyware/antiadware protection. For that I recommend free programs such as Microsoft Antispyware, SpyBot, and AdAware. These can be installed at the same time, although it's best to run them individually. (Don't run the scans at once.) If you choose to purchase such software, the Professional version of Zonealarm is a great firewall, and Webroot's Spy Sweeper is one of the best available.

Hope this helps,
John

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